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English professor to first-generation students: ‘Open those doors’

A faculty member who took a hazardous route to get to his current position told a gathering of first-generation students that they have “keys to a lot of doors.'  

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Classroom spaces named in recognition of Entegra Bank, Vannoy Construction gifts

Contributions for student scholarships and academic program support from the two businesses are part of “Lead the Way: A Campaign Inspired by The Belcher Years.”   

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Oliver named national association's Higher Education Marketer of the Year

WCU's chief marketing officer received the award in Orlando at the American Marketing Association's Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education.  

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Fourteen students attend third annual Southern Conference forum

About 150 students from the 10 Southern Conference institutions gave presentations, with research in the arts and humanities included with the more traditional STEM disciplines.  

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Pride of the Mountains director Starnes to be inducted into Bands of America Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals who have had a “positively life-changing impact on Music for All and Bands of America programs, as well as in music education.”   

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Education faculty, students continue collaboration with Kenyan village school library

Wongonyi, a scattered settlement located about five hours drive-time southwest of Nairobi, is isolated from major population centers by sheer distance and poor roads.  

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Always popular 'Sounds of the Season' concert coming up

The family-friendly concert will conclude with a holiday sing-along and an appearance by Santa Claus.  

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Cooper Lecture will focus on violence against indigenous women

The second annual Cherokee studies event will be held Monday, Nov. 19, on the WCU campus and again Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee.  

Chemistry Research

Nanoparticles to Detect Cancer Cells

Using nanotechnology-related imaging is a new technology that is only used in research labs, said Western Carolina University associate professor of bioinorganic chemistry Channa De Silva. His lab happens to be one of those places. De Silva is currently using the technology on a project that involves making nanoparticles with hopes of assisting with cancer imaging.   

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